EE 146L. Application Specific Integrated Circuits Laboratory

Catalog Description: This is a lab course that covers the design of modern Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). The labs lay the foundation of modern digital design by first setting-up the scripting and hardware description language base for specification of digital systems and interactions with tool flows. Software testing of digital designs is covered leading into a set of labs that cover the design flow. Digital synthesis, floorplanning, placement and routing are covered, as well as tools to evaluate design timing and power. Chip-level assembly is covered, instantiation of custom IP blocks: I/O pads, memories, PLLs, etc. The labs culminate with a project design – implementation of a 3-stage RISC-V processor with register file and caches.

Units: 2.0

Credit Restrictions: Students will receive no credit for Electrical Engineering 146L after taking Fall 2014 version of Electrical Engineering 141/241A.

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